Trip Style: Classic - Designed for maximum variety, these trips are geared towards travellers searching for a healthy mix of active exploration, uncommon landscapes, amazing wildlife and local cultures.
Service Level: Standard
Physical Demands Rating: 2 - There'll be some light walking and hiking. Suitable for most fitness levels. Nothing too challenging.
Group Size: Max 16, avg 12
Meals Included: 2 dinners
Accommodations: Hotels (19 nts), jungle lodge (2 nts)
Explore incredible Mayan sites and colourful local markets, snorkel on Belizes world-famous barrier reef, wander colonial towns and Caribbean shores.
Leave the resorts of the Mayan Riviera behind and explore the authentic YucatAn. From sunny beaches and lush jungles to the highlands of Chiapas, journey through Belize, Guatemala and southern Mexico on this incredible 22-day adventure. Explore the amazing ruins of ChichEn ItzA, Palenque and Tikal and walk the cobblestoned streets of colonial San Cristobal de las Casas and Antigua. Snorkel with stingrays or just get into the reggae pace of life on a sunny Caribbean island. Experience a journey that introduces you to local culture and offers insight into the history of the Mayan heartland.
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- Tour Operator
- G Adventures
- Offer valid through 3/31/2019
- 22 Days
- Escorted - Yes
|Day 1||Playa Del Carmen||Day 1 Playa del Carmen|
As travellers arrive throughout the day, there are no planned activities until the welcome meeting in the evening. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
|Day 2||Merida||Day 2 Playa del Carmen/Merida|
Depart Playa del Carmen and head to the famous Mayan ruins of ChichEn ItzA for a guided tour. Spend time exploring this famous site, known for its huge stepped pyramids and elaborate stone carvings. Continue on to Merida, the capital of the YucatAn State, and take a short orientation walk. Also known as la ciudad blanca (the white city), Merida offers the ideal opportunity to learn about Mexico's fascinating mix of cultural influences. Included Activities: ChichEn ItzA Guided Tour Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-2.50 hours, 190km) Private Vehicle (1.25-2.00 hours, 130km)
|Day 3||Merida||Day 3 Merida|
The area surrounding Merida has tons to offer. Choose to visit nearby cenotes (water sink holes) in the town of CuzamA. Inside, swim in the massive crystal-clear sinkholes. Transportation to the cenotes is half the fun, taking small wooden horse-drawn carts along old rail tracks. Opt to visit ruins in Uxmal, ride the PUUC Route or go bird-watching. Theres something for everyone.
|Day 4||Palenque||Day 4 Merida/Palenque|
After a long day of travel, arrive to Palenque. Enjoy a 2-night stay inside the national park in a jungle lodge. The lodge is quite close to the town, the ruins and the museum and offers a restaurant and bar on the grounds. Transport: First-class buses in Mexico have very strong air-conditioning. Bring a sweater. First-class bus (9.00-10.00 hours, 620km)
|Day 5||Palenque||Day 5 Palenque|
Enjoy a guided tour of the Mayan ruins of Palenque. After, go for a swim in the pristine turquoise waters of Roberto Barrios waterfall. Included Activities: Palenque Ruins Guided Tour Roberto Barrios Waterfalls
|Day 6||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 6 Palenque/San Cristobal de Las Casas|
Continue out of the jungle to San Cristobal De Las Casas, located in a high mountain valley at 2110m (6921 ft). Enjoy an orientation walk of the city, known for its 16th century architecture. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Private Vehicle (7.50 hour(s), 350km)
|Day 7||San Cristobal de las Casas||Day 7 San Cristobal de Las Casas|
Opt to visit nearby indigenous Mayan villages to see their unique day-to-day life or journey to beautiful Sumidero Canyon for a relaxing boat ride.
|Day 8||Panajachel||Day 8 San Cristobal de Las Casas/Panajachel|
The first stop in Guatemala is on beautiful Lake AtitlAn. Stay in Panajachel, a lakeshore town surrounded by spectacular volcanoes and small villages. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Mexico - Guatemala) Transport: Private Vehicle (10.00-12.00 hours, 380km)
|Day 9||San Juan La Laguna||Day 9 Panajachel/San Juan La Laguna (1D)|
Embark on a boat ride across the lake before participating in a G Adventures-supported homestay with a local family. This area is known for stunning scenery and great shopping for Mayan handicrafts. Opt to bargain for colourful textiles and paintings at the lakes many villages. Included Activities: Posadas Mayas Homestay Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km)
|Day 10||Antigua||Day 10 Antigua|
With so much to do in this charming colonial city, we highly recommend booking post accommodation. Optional activities for the area include a city tour, salsa dancing classes, a Guatemalan cooking class, or relaxing with a massage. Further afield you can rent bikes and ride through the hills, visit a macadamia nut farm or check out some nearby villages. Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Boat (0.50-0.75 hours, 25km) Private Vehicle (2.50-3.50 hours, 80km)
|Day 11||Antigua||Day 11 Antigua|
Enjoy a free day exploring this charming colonial city.
|Day 12||Rio Dulce||Day 12 Antigua/Rio Dulce|
Travel to Rio Dulce and enjoy free time to explore. Transport: Private Vehicle (6.00-7.50 hours, 315km)
|Day 13||Flores||Day 13 Rio Dulce/Flores|
Travel to the Caribbean town of Livingston by scenic boat ride from Rio Dulce. Enjoy free time to check out the town before continuing on to Flores. Located on Lake PetEn ItzA, this is an excellent home base for exploring nearby Tikal. Included Activities: Scenic Boat Ride to Livingston Transport: Private Vehicle (3.50-4.00 hours, 210km)
|Day 14||Flores||Day 14 Flores|
Enjoy a guided tour of the nearby Mayan ruins of Tikal. In the afternoon, opt to relax on the lake or hang out at a cafE in town. Included Activities: Tikal Ruins Guided Tour Transport: Enjoy the ride out to Tikal and return the same way in the afternoon (1-1.5 hrs one way). Private Vehicle (1.00-1.50 hours, 64km)
|Day 15||San Ignacio||Day 15 Flores/San Ignacio|
Cross the border into Belize. The relaxed atmosphere of San Ignacio allows for options including horseback riding, canoeing, caving, or exploring the Mountain Pine Ridge area. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Guatemala - Belize) Transport: Private Vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 95km) Private Vehicle (0.50-0.75 hours, 13km)
|Day 16||San Ignacio||Day 16 San Ignacio|
Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to check out nearby caves, some more Mayan sites or a local conservation project.
|Day 17||Caye Caulker||Day 17 San Ignacio/Caye Caulker|
Caye Caulker is a relaxed and easy going island with friendly and welcoming local residents. There are dozens of activities around the island and surrounding coral reefs. Try your hand at fishing and barbecue your catch on the beach. Included Activities: Belize Bike with Purpose Tour Transport: Local bus (3.00-4.00 hours, 123km) Water taxi (0.75-1.00 hours, 39km)
|Day 18||Caye Caulker||Day 18 Caye Caulker|
If the boats arent your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.
|Day 19||Caye Caulker||Day 19 Caye Caulker|
If the boats arent your thing, just relax, Belizean-style.
|Day 20||Playa Del Carmen||Day 20 Caye Caulker/Playa del Carmen|
With plenty of options nearby, Playa is an excellent hub for exploring. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Belize - Mexico) Transport: Speedboat Private Vehicle (4.00-4.50 hours, 320km)
|Day 21||Playa Del Carmen||Day 21 Playa del Carmen (1D)|
Enjoy a free day to explore the Mayan ruins of TulUm, visit one of the many cenotes, or go diving off Cozumel. Enjoy dinner at a G Adventures-supported community restaurant with a youth-focused art program. Included Activities: El Hongo Mexican Community Restaurant & Youth Art Program
|Day 22||Playa Del Carmen||Day 22 Playa del Carmen|
Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
Local Flights: N/A
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